There is a major difference between decorating for yourself and readying your home to sell. If you're staying put for awhile and pining for a purple bathroom with yellow fixtures, go for it! I will be yours to enjoy.
But if you might want to sell in the next couple of years, then you'll need to consider more what the general public might want. Your choices may be on point now, but will they make future home buyers scream in delight ... or in horror?
Absolutely, it's hard to rein in and ”vanilla” your personal style, but it is essential. So, before Pinterest gets the best of you, here are some "hot" home decor trends to avoid if you hope to sell anytime soon.
Bold, almost kitschy wallpaper is a big trend lately, especially in small bathroom spaces. From tropicals, animal prints, cacti, geometrics to just about every other kind of pattern in bright colors and metallics - it’s just wrong.
"It’s better to not overdo it with bold, bright patterns, even though these may be in style for now, particularly for wallpaper," says Jamie Williams, founder of Studio JW in Brooklyn, NY. "When selling, you want to highlight your home’s positives, and inspire potential home buyers to use their imagination to envision themselves in your home."
2. Intricate tile
Bold-patterned cement tiles are popping up everywhere from Instagrammable restaurants to hip backsplashes to bathroom floors. This is exactly why you should avoid them.
"The pattern may be on-trend, but will become outdated soon and turn buyers off," says Williams.
Strong patterns will also catch a buyer's eye in the online listing photos of your home, and not in a good way, explains Dawn D. Totty, an interior designer in Chattanooga, TN.
You want buyers to see potential in your space, not be distracted by divisive tile choices. Totty recommends keeping the patterns to a minimum in your listing photos even in nonpermanent items like duvets and furniture for just this reason.
"Bold prints and patterns on walls, bedding, and rugs will stand out in a big way in your online photos as well as during a home tour," she says. You want people to remember your great house, not your bright bedspread.
3. Too much purple/pink or yellow
Yes, purple is the color of the year and "Gen Z Yellow" is trendy, but use these colors with caution.
"Purple or pink walls will only appeal to a small niche of people," says Totty. Color is key for resale value, she explains, and that color should be a neutral paint in eggshell finish.
If you absolutely can't live without bold bright colors," a few colorful pillows are perfectly fine," says Totty. And luckily, the pillows come with you, so you can take your colorful palette with you to your next home.
4. Too much cold white
Wait, you may be thinking we were supposed to go neutral, and now we're supposed to avoid white? What gives?
"If your home’s architecture and interior is ultramodern, you want to make sure it doesn’t come off as too cold or uninviting," explains Williams. "The sleek, European, monochromatic palette is fashionable, but can lack conveying a warmth and coziness that a home buyer wants to feel when looking for their next home."
That doesn't have to mean repainting if you're already all-in on the all-white trend. Williams recommends adding warm tones and texture with accessories, pillows, throws, and other accent pieces.
5. Overdoing it on the brass and copper
Copper, brass, rose gold, and other warm metals are having a moment. But like all moments, they will pass and these metals will cease to be appealing. If they ever were. Choosing premium bathroom or kitchen fixtures in trendy metals? Probably not a great idea for the long haul. Brass especially can be a love-it-or-hate-it look, and hating it is the last reaction you want a buyer to have to anything in your home.
Instead, choose more neutral metals like stainless steel, chrome, or nickel for fixtures, and get your brass on in your accent pieces, lamps, or kitchen accessories.
6. Anything but stainless-steel appliances
Yes, stainless-steel appliances have been the go-to for years, and yes, someone is always trying to argue that stainless steel is on its way out. But 72% of people who remodeled their kitchens in 2017 went with stainless steel. Unless your kitchen has a design element that demands a different color (or you're springing for a Smeg), stainless steel is the "neutral" of kitchen appliances.
7. A statement door that makes too much of a statement
A clean, fresh, colorful front door increases your home's curb appeal with a welcoming first impression. But pick the right color. For years, statement doors have been trending in fun colors: teals, yellows, bright blues, oranges, and greens. But if you are selling buyer favorites are black and red. No, coral does not count as red.
It's hard to want to shell out your hard-earned cash for renovations that don't reflect your taste, but remind yourself your restraint will pay off when it's time to find a buyer. You will not have limited your pool. And once you move into a home in which you plan to stay put, feel free to paint over all those neutral walls with any color you want! Gen Z Yellow, here we come!